Longtime Montcalm County commissioner challenged in District 7

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 12:21 pm on Monday, November 05, 2012

Ron Baker

Marjorie Morgan

Republican Ron Baker and Democrat Marjorie Morgan are facing off in this year’s race for Montcalm County Commissioner District 7.

Both hope to bring some changes to the county if elected.

District 7 covers Reynolds Township and the western half of Winfield Township.

Baker, 67, of Howard City, is a self-employed business owner with a bachelor of science degree in business.

Baker points to his “years of experience” on several committees dealing with economic development and physical resources, finance and personnel, collective bargaining, motor vehicle accident investigation and address appeals.

“I have more than 40 years of business experience,” Baker said. “I’ve been involved in the county since 1998.”

Baker said he has also been involved by serving on the Howard City Village Council, serving as Howard City zoning administrator, Montcalm County housing commissioner for Howard City and sitting on the Howard City Downtown Development Authority.

Baker said he would like to see county offices remain open during lunch hour.

“They should be open so constituents can fully utilize available services,” he said. “ I would like to see county offices open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including lunch.”

Baker said he would also like to add personnel to Animal Control and to the sheriff’s department.

Morgan, 78, of Reynolds Township, has a Ph.D from Illinois State University and is retired from Spring Arbor University. She currently does personnel assessments of early childhood teachers for a national office.

“I have past administrative experience in state and local organizations and management of budgets, personnel and services,” she said.

Morgan said she would like to see the current number of commissioners cut from nine to five.

I believe that the Board of Commissioners is top-heavy in administration and costs,” she said. “Five commissioners would be more reasonable and savings could be applied to county services.”

Morgan said she would also like to focus on countywide services for residents, cutting administrative costs and applying savings to services.

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